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Re: san javier

14 December 2014 - 1:20pm
Head inland through Pilar de la Horadada and follow the cv-325 towards the Embalse de la Pedrera Reservoir and follow the road around clockwise. Head back via San Miguel salinas via the canal. If you ride on a Sunday 100s of cyclists and very light traffic. Spanish motorists are also very considerate towards cyclist and will give you plenty of room.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 12:20pm
My dream for September next year was to do the pilgrim route too but starting from Roscoff and then adding the necessary time to get to Santander for the ferry home. With a full time job it's virtually impossible to fit into two weeks and even two and a half weeks is a stretch. However, some family issues mean that it might have to wait

I like the planning though!

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 11:49am
France for me, something loosely based on France en velo route time permitting. Btw if anyone has this route on gpx I'd be grateful. The guide is beautiful and ideal for wet Sunday reading in December. Looks like the route will be St Malo South to Cevennes then head east via Arles to Nice.

Hel - Danzig Ferry

14 December 2014 - 11:45am
Does anyone know if bicycles are allowed on the ferry between Hel and Danzig?

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 11:20am
I like the idea of continuing down into Portugal, although maybe that can wait for another adventure.
Poland also sounds good - go for it! Maybe Slovenia and the Czech Republic. I think the Carpathians are considered an interesting area to tour. And the USA would be wonderful; my preference would be for some of the mountain states, like Colorado. Enjoy.

Re: TOURING 2015

14 December 2014 - 10:36am
Sounds good. It would be fun to finish off at the Rias Baixas too or to continue on down the Portuguese coast.

I'm only likely to do some long weekends away with the kids/family next year I think doing UK stuff- not a bad thing and we'd get to try out the new single man tent if all 4 of us cycle camp (with the 3 man coleman- I'm not proposing squishing everyone in!). I failed to get the kids to do the devon Coast to Coast last half term so that's high in the list but there are some other good long weekends I'd like to do.

I might do a trip with the girls if I can find 10 days free- Poland has been on our joint list for some time, the girls tend to prefer B&Bs these days so no tent testing.

However I am also planning my big escape in spring 2019 when I have a big birthday. Then I will take 3 months off work and do a long trip I hope. Maybe the Southern tier of the US, maybe eurovelo 6 if the family wants to do some of it, maybe somewhere else I haven't considered yet.


14 December 2014 - 9:57am
Season's Greetings to everyone.
This is the time of the year I really get into thinking about touring next year and it's great to read about all the tours people are planning or just considering.
Care to share these with us all?
For example, I'm hoping to cycle from Bayonne to Santiago on the Pilgrim Trail. I covered half the route (from Roscoff to Bayonne) last year, but retired when the awful weather didn't let up.
So maybe next June!!

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

14 December 2014 - 3:40am
I am a bit surprised nobody mentioned it yet, but if you are travelling through any remote location, particularly without cellular phone service, a very good thing for your group to carry is a SPOT device, or better yet, an InReach device for emergency communications and distress calls.

Re: Default tourer?

14 December 2014 - 1:04am
Si wrote:Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!
And not for a long time!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.
That could be a matter of geography,not that I've anything against Thorn IMO they're good bikes,but at around £320 for a frameset SurlyLHT and DT's are pretty good value for a well thought out bit of kit.
Built up with kit of choice and such a bike is a world beater IMO, that most definitely won't break the bank.

Re: Default tourer?

14 December 2014 - 12:57am
Heltor Chasca wrote:......... And I will die upon my steed...hc

I sincerely hope you don't.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 10:31pm
thirdcrank wrote:Nobody seems to have mentioned CTC membership. Once upon a time, the CTC Handbook would have been tucked away in a side pocket on the Camper Longflap.

You mean like:


With essential touring information like:


With other useful information like:


My copies are all a bit out of date now though

Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 10:15pm
I can't fault mine. Flawless handling loaded or unloaded. Clearance for 700x42s and mudguards though I run 700x35s. Great choice of sizes. 26" or 700c.

Much better handling than the 531ST Galaxy it replaced. The only "flaw" may be that it is a loaded touring bike. Light riders might find it too stiff unloaded. So it isn't a do-it-all bike.


Re: Best way / courier to get 1x bike to the USA?

13 December 2014 - 9:22pm
If you fly BA bikes just gets treated as a bag. If this means you have two bags it is cheaper to pay for additional bag in advance on line rather than at airport.

Re: What are your essentials to go bicycle touring?

13 December 2014 - 9:21pm
For me I wouldn't want to go touring without a camera.
I wouldn't enjoy a days cycling if I hadn't had a good nights sleep, so my exped mat and down quilt are near the top of the list.
And although I risk getting burnt at the stake, my Garmin has transformed the way I tour, I wouldn't want to be without it.

Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 9:03pm
Well, it certainly ain't the Galaxy any more!

Although, not that I've really counted, but I think I see more Thorns than Surlys on the road.

Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 8:20pm
Disc trucker too. All that juvenile surliness on their site is all a marketing smoke screen. They have really sat down and thought things through. Amazing bikes. I have one. And I will die upon my steed...hc

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 8:18pm
mercalia wrote:what about snakes? any one mention them here?

Not to mention scorpions in the deserts in the southwest. Shake shoes out in the morning before putting them on. I thought this was a joke when someone told me but it's on the Park Service website. Though in the USA scorpion bites are only life threatening to children, the elderly or hyper-sensitive people.

http://www.nature.nps.gov/biology/ipm/m ... piders.cfm


Re: Pennsylvania

13 December 2014 - 8:10pm
raybo wrote:...
... excellent links, thanks a lot.

shane wrote:... after a long day in the saddle its quiet a pain to walk endlessly around the supermarket looking for the beer section...
... I pretty well understand what you're meaning, fortunately I drink only wine ... and sometimes water as well

Re: Default tourer?

13 December 2014 - 7:48pm
Surly certainly hit the jackpot with it, right bike, right time, right price and some great marketing. I suspect many of those on that site are American, where it's a real bargain, I don't think they have the choice we do.

Re: Touring in remote locations - advice please

13 December 2014 - 7:23pm
good point... a snake bite kit is probably a good thing to carry.


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